Reviews of Mbweni Ruins Hotel
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Mbweni Ruins Hotel review
Mwembi Ruins is a great place for a hop over before Chumbe. You literally roll out of bed and saunter down the jetty to the boat. The hotel itself is under new management as of a month ago. We met Dolf the new manager. He is working hard on staff training so I would expect this place to pick up its game soon. Food and service were both good but just need a bit more energy and personality.
Lovely sunset location. Tides permitting also a great location for tidal walks. The grounds and ruins themselves were a lot smaller than we expected but with a bit of love and attention this could be a fab location to blend a low key beach relaxation with a splash of Stone Town.
delightful stay at Mbweni Ruins Hotel
It was easy to remember earlier times on the east African coast at this delightful spot. Everything about the hotel, the beach and the grounds with their ruins and the botanical garden made for a refreshing and relaxed stay.
As at Lake Manze, the staff really were lovely to a person, and our spontaneous interactions with them were so much part of what we enjoyed there.
(In this context, I would mention that I have never enjoyed the people Ive moved amongst more, on occasions like this, than I did these people, as was the case at Lake Manze, too.)
Again, my grading below is subjective.
I was completely happy with thngs as they were, not even finding out and making use of much that was available - arranging tours for instance, since we already had the contact with Eco + Culture for them.
Nice gardens and bar area
The location was good for the beach, Stone Town & the airport but you could not leave the hotel and walk anywhere, although it was fine for one and a half days. It was perfect for what we wanted.
The gardens were beautiful to walk around and explore and the bush babies provided good entertainment at dinner.